How To Get Rid Of Writer’s Block

Ever found yourself stuck in the middle of your writing? And felt that there was no way you’ll ever finish what you are working on?

If so, you’ve encountered what “we” writers like to call the dreaded: writer’s block.

I’ve had many questions as to how I deal with it. But in all honesty, I actually do not believe that writer’s block even exists.writers block

You’ve probably said “I have writer’s block!” once in your life. I know I have.

But the real culprit behind that phrase is really just the truth that you are stuck, my friend.

Don’t worry though. You can get unstuck.

Let’s get you unstuck.

Why Writer’s Block Is Really Just A Figment Of Your Imagination

Writer’s block is really just a feeling a writer gets when they feel stuck, haven’t planned their projects out well enough, or even an outcome of procrastination.

“If you turn around and go, ‘I am blocked,’ this is just something writers say because we’re really clever. It sounds like it has nothing to do with you: ‘I would love to write today, but I am blocked. The gods have done it to me,’” he said. “And it’s not true. Cellists don’t have cellist block. Gardeners don’t have gardener’s block. TV hosts do not have TV host block. But writers have claimed all the blocks, and we think it’s a real thing.” – Neil Gaiman, talking about writer’s block.

Everything he said there makes total sense, right?

Cellists do not have cellist block. Gardeners do not have gardeners block. #writing #writersblock

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When I first heard him say that, I knew he was correct.

Imagine that you are hiking by yourself when a boulder lands on top of your leg. Would you just lay down and say “My foot is stuck. That means I can’t do this anymore.”

Nope, I know you wouldn’t.

No… you wouldn’t.

I know you wouldn’t.

You’d try your hardest to get your foot out from under that boulder. You have to think that way when it comes to your writing as well. Once you feel stuck, stop… take a deep breath… and read on to find out how to get unstuck.

Why Are You Stuck?

First off, take a good look at where you are in your writing. Is there anything that is causing this “stuck” feeling? If you aren’t sure… keep reading!

1. Are You Scared?

Honestly, it’s normal to feel scared. A person could be scared or afraid for a number of different reasons. But no matter which reason is your reason, don’t let that fear cripple you and your writing. Marianne Williamson once said this about fear:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Don’t let your #fear cripple you and your #writing. #amwriting

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Actionable Step: Get out a pen and some paper and ask yourself this question: “What am I really scared of?” Write it out. No one ever has to see this. This is just for you.

2. For When Words Just Don’t Flow

Sometimes it can be hard to get words to flow depending on the project. Like maybe at work you have a tough time writing about the types of flowers your company sells or writing a ton of social media messages.

The majorly important note here is that you must continue to do your work. Keep writing. Aim to finish the project. Finish.
I was at a conference once and they showed this performance about imagination and the hard work of finishing creative endeavors. I share it in every post that I write about writer’s block. Promise me you’ll watch it!!

This Is How To Get Unstuck

There are plenty of things that you can do to get unstuck. I want to walk you through some of my favorite ones.

Get Offline To Get Unstuck

Get some fresh air and go for a walk.  Stanford researchers found that walking improves creativity. It helps to have a forest near by.

But if you don’t have a forest near by, go to a park or just get out for a walk.

…between 90 and 120 minutes, the body begins to crave a period of rest or recovery. Signals include a desire to yawn and stretch, hunger pangs, increased tension, difficulty concentrating, an inclination to procrastinate or fantasize, and a higher incidence of mistakes. -Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz said in The Power of Full Engagement

Pro Tip: Set an alarm to buzz every 90 minutes. That will remind you to get up and move more often.

Here are some of my favorite ideas to help with getting new ideas away from the computer:

  • Write by hand.
  • Get some water.
  • Use essential oils throughout your day. I like to put a little lavender oil on my collar so that throughout the day,  I can spell it in a stressful situation. Instant relief.
  • Eat healthy snacks.
  • Napping helps with everything. Take a 20-minute nap. Get some relaxing into your schedule.
  • Plan a creative retreat.

Brainstorm Your Way Out Of Being Stuck

When I am stuck, the first move I make is to press the power button on my computer. I get up out of the chair and pull out my notebook and pen. There is something so special about writing ideas and notes by hand. I love seeing the ink soak into the paper. It helps me think deeper.

Like the ink soaking into the paper, it’s almost like the ideas are soaking into my heart and soul in a deeper way than they were before.

Paul Bloom, Yale psychologist, said, “With handwriting, the very act of putting it down forces you to focus on what’s important… Maybe it helps you think better.”

Speak Your Ideas

This format of getting new ideas/brainstorming really helped me while writing my book “Creating A Fit Life”.

These are the exact steps that I took. Follow along:

  1. Record yourself talking about your ideas.
  2. Once you’re done recording, listen to it and type out everything. You’ll probably press pause a lot so that you can write all your ideas down.
  3. When you finish writing your outlines (or other ideas) read it outloud while recording it again.

Now… All You Have To Do Is Write.

You now have plenty of ideas to help you get unstuck by brainstorming, getting away from the computer and getting some movement in.

Keep on keeping on and you will get unstuck.

Writer’s block really doesn’t exist. #amwriting

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